The last budget session of the 12th assembly of Gujarat will be starting on February 23, and both the BJP-led state government and the opposition Congress are ready with their strategies.
Finance minister Vaju Vala will present the budget for 2012-13 on February 24.
Leader of the opposition Shaktisinh Gohil said, "There are a number of issues in Gujarat due to which the people are suffering. The crime rate is going up and another serious matter is that of government employees drawing fixed salaries. There are other issues like farmers' problems, high level of corruption etc. Our best efforts will be to give voice to these issues and demand answers from the state government."
On the other hand, state legal and parliamentary affairs minister Dileep Sanghani said, "The state government will present 7 bills in the session. We will be presenting the accounts of works done by the state government."
Congress has also organised a farmers' rally in the state capital on February 23. The party is likely to stage a walkout if the governor's speech in the assembly will be about only praising the achievements of the government.
"The governor's speech prepared by the state government and the governor is read out in the assembly. It is a tradition in which the state government indicates its future plans and advance planning for the state. But it is observed in the last few sessions that the state government does nothing but praise itself for its achievements. The opposition will decide its own manner of protest if this is repeated in the governor's speech."
This will be the last budget session of the 12th Vidhan Sabha whose term will come to an end in December this year. The assembly elections are expected to be held later this year.